Flax Oil Paint
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Flax oil paint or Linseed oil paint are paints with a linseed oil binder pressed from the plant’s seeds. Because this type of paint is made from renewable and often mineral resources, it is biodegradable and therefore fits into the ecological cycle.
Synthetic paint is oil based. It is not biodegradable and the production process requires considerable amounts of raw materials and energy. Furthermore, the production process results in considerable chemical waste. The manufacturing of flax or linseed oil paint by contrast is a sustainable process, from raw material to finished product. The drying process occurs by the absorption of oxygen (oxidative drying). Compared to synthetic enamels this process is slower, but this paint does have a strong penetrating and adhesiveness effect. This creates a good anchoring on new and existing surfaces. The surface can sometimes still be a bit stiff and sticky feel, but this is normal.